Leónie Bentsink (Plant Physiology, WUR) was awarded an NWO Vici Grant of 1,5 MEuro for her project ‘Seeds4Ever: Protection of stored mRNAs to Ensure seed survival. How do seed stored mRNA’s survive?’
With this funding Leónie Bentsink will investigate how seeds are able to germinate after many years of storage. For this germination the translation of seed stored mRNAs into proteins is essential. The major question of this proposal is how seed stored mRNAs can survive these long storage times as, generally, mRNAs have very short survival times.